In the grand scheme of things, getting an interview call is only the first step. What happens after sets the course to whether you will actually land a job offer or not.
Interview preparation is a long process. And it is extremely important to enter an interview prepared with everything you physically and mentally need, organized and ready to go.
Here is a checklist of 5 things you should bring to a job interview.
- Directions. If you are not sure of the interview location, you must bring directions and any instructions the hiring manager may have given you. If you have an email confirmation of the appointment, bring that along as well. If possible, do a test drive to the location to see how long the drive is, you do not want to be late. Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early. You may need some time to settle in, revise things and freshen up before the interview.
- Identification. If the building has security, you may be asked to show identification, or you may need it to complete a job application. Bring your driver’s license or another form of identification with you. A government ID proof is a valid identification.
- Notepad and Pen. There is nothing that gives a worse impression than searching for a pen or asking to borrow a pen, during the interview, so make sure to bring your own. It reflects poorly on you. Also remember to bring a notepad so you can jot down names, company information, or any questions you come up with during the interview. Bringing a pen and notepad shows you came to the interview prepared. It shows your zeal for getting the job and impresses the recruiters.
- Names of Contacts. Write down the name of the person you’re interviewing with on your notepad. It can be easy to forget a name, and you don’t want to be embarrassed. Also bring the name of the person who arranged the interview, if it’s a different person.
- Extra Copies of Your Resume. Bring several copies of your resume to give out upon request. Your resume will also give you the details, like dates of previous employment, which you may need if you have to fill out a paper job application. Organize a portfolio with important documents that you may need like certificates, salary slips etc. A portfolio is a great way to package all the items you’re bringing with you to the interview in a neat and orderly fashion. That way, you’re organized, and everything you need will be readily accessible.Also, bring extra copies of passport size photographs because you might need to submit those.